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Outer SpaceOuter Space II

"Outer Space II" combines airy, ambient, razor-sharp jagged rhythm experiments and sublime, meditative arpeggio pieces to make a winning sophomore album

Only a few weeks have passed and already we are presented with yet another album by John Elliott’s Out Space project. Apparently part two in a trilogy of albums to be released this year „Outer Space II“ deepens the cosmic synth explorations and experiments of its predecessor „Akashic Record (Events: 1986 – 1990)“. Andrew Veres, Philip Whiteside, Drew McDowall, and Adam Miller have joined John Elliott in the studio this time to joyride their modular synths and the Mellotron M-400. While the two short pieces „I“ and „II“ are classic, floating Eno-style ambient, the three other pieces are something different altogether. Especially „3332“ with its nasty, rugged rhythm and the epic „Liquid Systems Functions,“ which sounds like a distorted transmission from space full of drones, static and groaning circuits and LFO’s. „Vanishing Act“ on the other hand is another of those sublime trancey arpeggio jams that made „Akashic Record (Events: 1986 – 1990)“ so special. Another winner.

Sven von Thülen | Jul 30, 2012
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